When Stephen Adly Guirgiss comedy Our Lady of 121st Street starts, Sister Roses body has been stolen from her coffin. What follows is a glorious encounter between a host of strange and angry characters. Driven by the characters rather than by a clear plot, the play chronicles the 24 hours after the theft of the nuns body and all the wondrous kooks who return to the neighborhood to pay their respects to the much beloved Sister Rose.
This group of angry, passionate oddballs includes Rooftop, an LA radio personality; Flip, a lawyer from Wisconsin; and Balthazar, a guy who stayed in the neighborhood to become a cop. There are many more finely wrought personalities that fill up this strange and wonderful play. See Our Lady of 121st Street at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Through October 23. University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 713-743-2929 or visit www.theatredance.uh.edu. $20.
Oct. 21-23, 2011